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- Overall, we rate Pants on Fire News Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracies, poor sourcing and a complete lack of transparency.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2019, Pants on Fire News is a hyper-partisan conservative news and opinion website. The website has a 100% complete lack of transparency as there is not an about page, authors are not named, the domain is registered privately and ownership is not revealed.
Funded by / Ownership
Pants on Fire News do not disclose ownership or funding, however, advertising and sponsored content is found on the website.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Pants on Fire News does not publish original news stories but rather interjects right-wing biased opinions around news stories. All stories favor the right and often harshly denigrate the left such as this: Ted Cruz shut down Chuck Todd with one epic truth bomb. This story utilizes tweets and a video clip from MSNBC as the sources. The website also has a category called “Fake News”, where it seems they publish news about media outlets who report falsely, such as this story: Rudy Giuliani is about to sue Fox News after they got caught in an insane lie. This story attempts to prove that a Fox News host is lying in order to smear Giuliani and President Trump. The problem with this story is they are quoting Giuliani’s denial as evidence. For perspective on Giuliani’s credibility, he has made 16 False or Pants on Fire claims according to Politifact. While Giuliani may be telling the truth on this occasion, there isn’t proof, either way, therefore the headline is highly misleading.
In general, many stories on this website advance right-wing pro-Trump conspiracy theories and propaganda, while sometimes using poor sources such as Breitbart. I may be wrong, but based on their name this could be an attempt at satire as the writing appears to be mocking the right wings sites. Or maybe it is really an honest attempt at conservative news reporting. Either way it is questionable.
A factual search reveals they have not been fact-checked by an IFCN fact-checker.
Overall, we rate Pants on Fire News Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracies, poor sourcing, and a complete lack of transparency. (D. Van Zandt 12/9/2019)